Words by Ian Pennington
After last week’s heatwave, spending time in a dingy live music venue might be the least of your desires but now that the levee has broken and the clouds have burst gig venues are the places to be.
The musical forecast for the week begins with loud crashes of thunder from Japanese doom metal headbangers Church of Misery on Monday 28th at Academy 3.
The bullets will be raining down on Tuesday 29th if you head to Apotheca for their evening screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
FKA Twigs isn’t giving me any ammunition to continue this dubious weather theme, but the RnB buzz artist is putting on a show at the Dancehouse on Wednesday 30th.
The live music tally increases as we near the weekend. On Thursday 31st our picks are a Soup Kitchen show for electro synth power ballad rangers Le Galaxie or a free entry local label showcase at Kosmonaut featuring From the Kites of San Quentin and Cogi, representing the This City Is Ours and Broken Bubble labels respectively.
Friday 1st August is when the schedules start to become a little more complicated. If you head north with your wellies to the Ribble Valley then you’ll catch Melt Yourself Down, Denis Jones, Cate Le Bon and more at Cloudspotting festival, which continues through to Sunday 3rd.
Closer to home, Friday 1st also welcomes a two-dayer from the Antics club night at Night & Day Café, featuring live guitaring from Then Thickens and Bromheads with a gaggle of supports.
On the other side of Stevenson Square is another two-dayer, this time starting on Saturday 2nd. Eclectica is a wider project aiming to encourage and empower women in the arts by hosting discussion panels interspersed with live performances by the likes of Jesca Hoop and Acre Tarn.
Now for a trio of one-night-only picks for Saturday 2nd. The Soft Walls offer effects-laden rock at Soup Kitchen in the mid-evening, before two tune selectors flex their record collections later on: perhaps the most famous elder statesman of hip hop, Grandmaster Flash, heads to Gorilla, while cassette crate digger Awesome Tapes From Africa fills the later slot at Soup.
After that deluge, settle down with the ex-Fiery Furnaces singer Eleanor Friedberger, who’s playing songs in the back room at The Castle Hotel on Sunday 3rd.